Anne Carr focuses on business, health care, and non-profit issues. Issues in which she has been deeply involved include non-profit tax exemption status, sales taxes, airports, state budget, TennCare, women's health, primary care delivery, graduate medical education, trauma centers, mental health services, and long term care.
In 1986, Carr was a founding partner of Fosbinder & Carr, one of the first independent, contract government relations firms in Tennessee. She became a principal in Smith, Johnson, Anderson, & Carr, the predecessor firm to Smith Harris & Carr, in 1990. Prior to her contract lobbying experience, she also worked on behalf of state employees and nursing homes.
Carr has served in many volunteer capacities, including as a small business representative to the Regional Workforce Investment Board, President and board member at Nashville CARES (middle Tennessee AIDS and HIV education and support agency), a member of the Metro Nashville Storm Water Management Committee, and many roles as a parent in the Metro Nashville public school system.
A Knoxville native, Carr is a 1973 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Tennessee and has a master's degree in Public Administration from UT and Tennessee State University. She has a daughter, who is 26 and a graphic designer, and a son, who is 18 and obsessed with politics. She was a candidate for the 2009 Nashville Athena award, as the nominee of the Nashville Women's Political Caucus.